Curriculum Vitae - Stefan Vollmar

Dr. Stefan Vollmar, Dipl.-Phys. 
Head of IT and Software Development Group 
Max Planck Institute for Metabolism Research
Gleueler Str. 50, 50931 Köln, Germany 
Tel.: +49-221-4726-213  FAX +49-221-4726-298 
Mobile: +49-160-93874279, Web:

Research Interests

  • Software Development, e.g.
  • IT Management, Reproducible Research
  • Medical image analysis, Visualization
  • Positron Emission Tomography

Education and Professional Experience

  • October 2021
    received IT Community Award 2021 at annual MPG IT conference
  • October 2019 - February 2020
    teaching: course “IT Management” (Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences; with Bertin Klein)
  • December 2018
    elected to represent the MPG IT community in the MPG Software Commission
  • October 2018
    elected as a spokesperson for the MPG IT community
  • 2016-
    member of the MPG-AG for Human Research
  • 2016-2017
    member of the MPG Presidential Commission on IT Security
  • October 2014 - February 2015
    teaching: course “IT Management” (Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences; with Bertin Klein)
  • 2013-2015
    consulting for CECAD IT infrastructure
  • 2013-2014
    ad hoc reviews for IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
  • 2010
    teaching: VINCI course, PET Imaging intensive programme “European Master in Molecular Imaging”, S. Vollmar, CEA Saclay/Paris, France, April 20-21 2010.
  • 2007-2019
    IT Security Officer of MPI-SF
  • 2007-
    Data Protection Coordinator of MPI-SF
  • 2009
    teaching: VINCI course, PET Imaging intensive programme “European Master in Molecular Imaging”, S. Vollmar, CEA Saclay/Paris, France, June 2-3 2009.
  • 2006
    Dr. rer. med. (grade summa cum laude), Faculty of Medicine at the University of Cologne and Max Planck Institute for Neurological Research
  • 2005 to present
    Head of IT Group at Max Planck Institute for Neurological Research/Metabolism Research
  • 1999 to present
    employed by Max Planck Institute for Neurological Research Cologne: physicist
  • April-June 2000
    Research visit at CTI Inc., Knoxville, Tennessee, USA; parallelization of iterative reconstruction techniques for cluster computing
  • 1997-1998
    employed at the Hattinger Prüf- und Entwicklungs-GmbH; iterative reconstruction for Industrial CT, beam hardening correction, visualisation, software consulting
  • 1998
    Physik-Diplom (M.Sc.), Universität zu Köln and Max Planck Institute for Neurological Research
  • 1993-1997
    employed as research assistant at the University of Cologne Center for Applied Computer Science (RRZK); porting UNIX Software (Solaris, AIX, IRIX, TrueUnix), documentation, training courses (software for Theoretical Chemistry, Web Publishing, Search Engines); webmaster
  • 1995-1996
    Independent consultant (software development); drivers for graphics boards, data base development for Apple Macintosh Systems
  • September 1995
    Summer School Theoretical Physics Porto, Portugal
  • August-September 1994
    Research visit at Ecole Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles, Paris and at KFA Jülich [fn:physicaa]
  • December 1992
    Dieter-Wohlleben-Preis (Physics Department, University of Cologne) awarded for Vollmar S et al (1992), Hydrodynamic flow conditions through permeable walls, J. Phys. I France 2: 1565-1569.
  • October 1990
    Immatriculation, University of Cologne/Universität zu Köln (Physics)

Selected Publications

Sué M, Vollmar S, VINCI - new challenges from Big Data in Imaging, TOPIM TECH conference 2018 Chania, Crete.

Alt I, Hitze D, Vollmar S, Proxmox an einem Forschungsinstitut, Proxtalks 2018, Frankfurt,

Vollmar S, Bareos, BeeGFS and Grau OpenArchive (backup-to-disk-to-HSM), OpenSource Backup Conference 2017,

Gramer M, Feuerstein D, Steimers A, Takagaki M, Kumagai T, Sué M, Vollmar S, Kohl-Bareis M, Backes H, Graf R (2014) Device for simultaneous positron emission tomography, laser speckle imaging and RGB reflectometry: Validation and application to cortical spreading depression and brain ischemia in rats. Neuroimage 94: 250-262. 

Rapic S, Backes H, Viel T, Kummer MP, Monfared P, Neumaier B, Vollmar S, Hoehn M, van der Linden A, Heneka MT, Jacobs AH (2013) Imaging microglial activation and glucose consumption in a mouse model of Alzheimer's disease. Neurobiology of Aging 34: 351-354. 

Vollmar S, Sué M, Hüsgen A, Endepols H, Backes H (2012) VINCI - Co-Registration of Rat Brains (PET-MR), TOPIM 2012, Les Houches, Abstract Book, p 35.

Kumagai T, Walberer MI, Nakamura H, Endepols H, Sué M, Vollmar S, Adib S, Mies G, Yoshimine T, Schroeter M, Graf R (2011) Distinct spatiotemporal patterns of spreading depolarizations during early infarct evolution: evidence from real-time imaging. Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism 31: 580-592. 

Vollmar S, Sué M, Hüsgen A, Nock J, Krais R (2010) VHISTdiff - comparing workflow histories (VHIST/VINCI), 5th European Molecular Imaging Meeting, Warsaw, May 26-29 2010, p 216.

Vollmar S, Sué M, Hüsgen A, Nock J, Krais R (2009) VHIST/VINCI – New Concepts for typical Problems in Multi-Modality Imaging, 4th European Molecular Imaging Meeting, Barcelona, May 27-30 2009, Barcelona, Spain. Abstract Book, p 180.

Vollmar S, Hüsgen A, Sué M, May M, Krais R (2008), Workflow Histories and Image Data with Validation, Abstracts of the XI Turku PET Symposium, p 108.

Vollmar S, Hampl J, Kracht L, Herholz K (2007), Integration of Functional Data (PET) into Brain Surgery Planning und Neuronavigation, Advances in Medical Engineering, Springer Proceedings in Physics 114, pp. 98-103.

Vollmar S (2006) Integration of Functional Imaging (PET) to Surgery Planning in Brain Tumors, Max Planck Institute for Neurological Research and University of Cologne, Dissertation, Advisor: Prof. K. Herholz.

Cizek J, Herholz K, Vollmar S, Schrader R, Klein J, Heiss WD (2004) Fast and robust registration of PET and MR images of human brain, NeuroImage 1 (22), pp. 434-42.

Vollmar S, Michel C, Treffert JT, Newport DF, Casey ME, Knöss C, Wienhard K, Liu X, Defrise M, Heiss WD (2002) Heinzel-Cluster: accelerated reconstruction for FORE and OSEM3D, Physics in Medicine and Biology, Vol 47, No. 15, pp. 2651–2658.

Vollmar S, Pietrzyk U, Eschner W (1998) Application of Post reconstruction Methods for Beam Hardening Correction with Efficient Segmentation, Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Computer Methods and Inverse Problems in Nondestructive Testing and Diagnostics in Minsk, Belarusk, pp. 77-84.

Vollmar S (1998) Emissions-Tomographie: Bestimmung der Radioistopverteilung im menschlichen Gehirn, Anwendung iterativer Rekonstruktionsalgorithmen unter Berücksichtigung von anatomischen/morphologischen Randbedingungen, Max-Planck-Institut für neurologische Forschung Köln/Universität zu Köln, Diplomarbeit. Advisors: Prof. U. Pietrzyk, Dr. W. Eschner, Prof. K. Wienhard.

Vollmar S, Herrmann H (1995) Settling of particles studied by a hydrodnamic cellular automaton for granular media, Physica A 215: 411-419.

Vollmar S, Dasgupta S (1994) A Model for ageing with hereditary mutations, J. Phys. I France 4: 817-822. 

Vollmar S, Duarte JAMS (1992) Hydrodynamic flow conditions through permeable walls, J. Phys. I France 2: 1565-1569.

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